Both seized heat and power plants have fully started operating before the temperature dropped below zero, says Asset Recovery and Management Agency (ARMA).
Hot water has finally been supplied to the utility networks of Novyi Rozdol and Novoyarivsk. Thus, the heating season has finally started in two areas of Lviv oblast, even if a little late.
“I believe it is a remarkable milestone in the ARMA’s work. It was the first time that the Agency faced such systemic, powerful resistance at various levels. But thanks to the joint effort of anti-corruption agencies, national and local authorities and the public, we were able to put both heat and power plants in operation,” says legal advisor with Transparency International Ukraine Kateryna Ryzhenko.
As a reminder, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has completed, under procedural management of the SAPO, the pre-trial investigation of alleged misappropriation of gas for the amount of UAH 1.4 billion. Later, the ARMA announced that the owners of the heat and power plants were obstructing the heating season.
For reference: the National Agency of Ukraine for Finding, Tracing and Management of Assets Obtained through Corruption and Other Crimes (short version – Asset Recovery and Management Agency, or ARMA) is a central executive agency with a special status, authorized to form and implement national policy pertaining to finding and tracing of assets that may be seized in a criminal proceeding, as well as to manage assets already seized in a criminal proceeding. The National Agency was created analogously to asset recovery and management institutions that successfully function in EU member states according to the decision of the Council of the EU No. 2007/845/JHA of 06 December 2007 and other EU legal acts.
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